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What the heck is this? Actually, it is the LONG overdue, been sitting in development hell purgatory, first MacMod.
What is MacMod? An idea and concept that sprung to life in the minds of Tim Robertson and Chad Perry way back in the summer of 2003. The idea? Wouldnt it be cool if there were a video show online that was like a combination of American Chopper and Junkyard Wars, but about Macs?
What? You dont think that is a cool idea? Obviously, we did, so we actually did it. We created a show, named it MacMod, and filmed the whole thing over a six-week period starting October 2003 and finishing December 2003.
The goal? Turning a vintage 1970s Atari 2600 game consol into a Macintosh computer, running the latest and greatest Mac OS X. The catch? Try and keep the Atari looking stock, up to a point.
The problem? Neither Chad nor Tim had ever done anything like this before. Not just how to build it but how to film and present it were questions they pretty much made up the answers to as they went along.
Firstly, they had to obtain both an Atari 2600 and a Macintosh. The first was easy, Tim already had two Atari 2600s, and they used one of those. The second was not as easy. Neither Tim nor Chad wanted to part with a perfectly good computer to use and, probably, destroy. Neither was confident that the build would be successful, and it was asking too much for either of them to give up a working Macintosh for this show.
Tim Robertson, Chad Perry, Tad Scheeler, Adam Karneboge, Jim Allard
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